Laurel for Dov

Read the words of the Book of the Falcon, wherein it says: In those days ruled a righteous King whose throne was established by justice, whom men named Damien; and his inspiration was Issabell, Queen wise and fierce.

Thus King Damien said: “In days of old, were men filled with the spirit of knowledge: To make artistic designs; to work in gold, silver, and bronze; to cut and set stones; to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.”

To Her King, Queen Issabell said: “The Foundation of these lands rests upon workman and designers skilled: In embroidery; in blue and purple and scarlet yarns; or in fine twined linen.”

Then the wise men and judges spoke, for it was the custom of the King to speak before all who knew law and justice. “David, son of Benjamin and of his tribe, has been filled by the Lord with intelligence, with knowledge, and all craftsmanship. He has executed any design given to him, and he has made everything beautiful in its time.”

From upon his Throne, the King spoke further: “I have seen this man. He is skilled in art and science, and has girded our armies with his strength in battle. He has subdued under me those who rose up against the Falcon.”

From upon her Throne, the Queen proclaimed: “I too have seen this man. He has been given wisdom and discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. His fame is known in all the surrounding nations.”

The wise men said: “Let the priests, the prophets, and the people be called in. Let the oaths be sworn, and David ben Benjamin named to the Laurel Order, for he is as Lebanon: Excellent as the cedars.”

And in the days of the 52nd year in the reign of King Damien and Queen Issabell, blessed as the second to bear those names, was it done. David ben Benjamin, son of the tribe of Benjamin, was raised in the eyes of the Lord to the Order of the Laurel.

Thus Damien spoke: “For your good works and continued service we grant you 300 yokes of exceedingly good land, measured in the ancient way, with the right to hew cisterns, plant vineyards and olive trees, and sustain your tribe.”

Thus did Issabell conclude: “Oh that these words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For the gifts and calling of the Lord are irrevocable. Selah.”

And so it was done, on the __ day of _(HEBREW MONTH)_, in the year 5778.

Damien                               Issabell

Melech                                Malchah

(Text is adapted from the following bible verses: Exodus 35, Ecclesiastes 3:11, 1 Kings 4:29-34, Psalm 18:39, 1 Kings 1:28-33, Deut. 6:10-11, Job 19:23-24, Romans 11:29).

(A yoke is a biblical unit of measurement equal to the amount one pair of oxen could plough in a single day, roughly 1/3 of an acre).

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